Get involved

Are you interested in the history of London or just small parts of it?  Then get involved and contribute!

Add to the Map

Our map is jam packed with histories, photographs, illustrations, videos, personal stories, and more, covering thousands of years of London's history - records represented by little black squares, as above. Each of these records was added by members of the public and you can add one (or one hundred) too, no need to ask permission. For more information on how to add records, check out our user guide. You can also be inspired by some of our case study collections or simply get right to it and head to the map!


Throughout COVID-19 Lockdown we have run a series of webinars. All webinars are available to view on our YouTube Channel.

Layers of London YouTube Channel

Upcoming webinars:

17.9.20 - Layers of London Webinar Season Finale: 'Meet the Layers Team!'

For more information including how to book a space visit the IHR's events page.

Crowd Sourcing Campaigns

Anyone can add content on any theme to Layers of London however, we also run campaigns where we're looking for people to contribute specific content relating to a theme. Our current themes are:

My Family History - A project to inspire young people to have conversations with older relatives in order to explore and record memories of local London history

#LondonArrivals - A project capturing why people migrate to the city, where they first lived, and if London lives up to expectations. - Tell us your #LondonArrivals story or read about other's stories about arriving in London

Sounds of Summer - a project capturing the post-lockdown sounds of Summer 2020 

Read All About It! - a project mapping media reports from the early 20th century (using the British Library Newspaper Archive)

Recording London's Pubs - a project mapping London's pubs, past and present

School Activities

Check out our Learning pages for ways to get your school involved in Layers of London including creating a class collection and free downloadable resources

#HistoryOfMySchool - A project for schools of all types to create a Layers' record all about... the history of their school! - More information.